Message From Paul Davis
Our platform is about leadership.

Our party has stepped forward to make things better for people, better for communities and better for families in our great province. We have done great work - employment growth, higher incomes, new schools, new roads, new health facilities and services and a new pride in ourselves and this great place we call home.

Our accomplishments are many, but there is always more to do.

We’re ready to break the mold, to try new things, to fix what’s not working and to build the kind of society that we all deserve.

Leadership is our foundation. On it, we have four pillars to build a better society.

The first pillar is HEALTH - programs and services to address our mental and physical health needs, when and where we need them, and a renewed focus that enhances access to the food and fitness that we need to live healthier lives.

The second pillar is OPPORTUNITY - investing in employment growth, small business, rural enterprise, innovation, all the things that create jobs.

The third pillar is PEOPLE - families, child care, education, apprenticeships, affordable housing, long-term care, affordable living for seniors, and poverty reduction.

The fourth pillar is our ECONOMY - a renewable five-year roadmap through the immediate fiscal challenges and back to surplus - a progressive fiscal plan that doesn’t involve deep cuts.

Personally, I’ve already faced seemingly insurmountable challenges. And I’ve triumphed over them. I’ve done it with the help of a great team of partners. I don’t get intimidated. I won’t be outworked. I don’t back down on something I believe in.

We are on the cusp of the greatest growth Newfoundland and Labrador has ever experienced. You can believe that our PC Team will deliver for you and for all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.

The provincial election on November 30 is about leadership!

It’s about leadership you can believe in and a leader you can trust.

Leadership
Newfoundland and Labrador First
A Paul Davis PC Government puts Newfoundland and Labrador first.
We will guarantee that the only development that will take place in our offshore is development that will bring the maximum benefits to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. With every new deal, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians will be the winners, or there will be no deals.

We recognize that a strong economy depends on affordable and reliable energy supplies. The future growth of Newfoundland and Labrador’s economy is inextricably connected to the renewable and non-renewable energy business.

We will establish a Newfoundland and Labrador trade presence in Boston. We will conduct an international search to staff the office with expertise with responsibility to:
- Advance the next phase of development of the province as an energy warehouse for North America,
- Expand markets for seafood products, especially soon to re-emerge groundfish opportunities, and
- Promote provincial IT capability and expand international markets for Newfoundland and Labrador high tech industries and their products.

We will continue to drive exploration and development through the people’s energy corporation, Nalcor Energy.
We will market our skills and fabrication facilities around the world. Energy is a policy. We are ready to lead.
Leadership
Fighting for Newfoundland and Labrador
A Paul Davis PC government will be a strong and unwavering voice for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians on the national stage.

We recognize that a new government in Ottawa signals a new era in Canada. We are committed to forging a good working relationship with Prime Minister Trudeau. We also expect that issues of importance to the province will receive appropriate attention from our elected MPs. However, should the federal government undertake policies or actions that are against the best interests of our province, as has happened too often in the past, a PC provincial government will take up the fight on behalf of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.

We have already reached out to Prime Minister Trudeau to outline issues requiring immediate action from Ottawa. They include:
- a stronger search and rescue presence in Newfoundland and Labrador,
- reform of regulations regarding fishing vessel size to put safety first,
- reform of food fishery regulations to emphasize fairness and safety,
- a greater role in the management of our fisheries, including in determining quotas,
- immediate suspension of the last in, first out policy related to the shrimp fishery,
- immediate transfer to the province of $280 million, the federal government’s share of the $400 million CETA Innovation Fund to build our province’s fishery of the future,
- immediate reinstatement of the Marine Rescue Substation,
- immediate action to fully remediate the Manolis L site, and
- immediate suspension of the $25 million import tariffs on our two new provincial ferries.

We will fight for improved marine safety in waters off Newfoundland and Labrador. There is no reason why we can’t aspire to be a global leader in marine safety.

We will fight for energy transmission access, transportation, health transfers and other important social support programs.

We will ensure that the Aboriginal people of Newfoundland and Labrador are consulted and duly represented.

We will continue to be a strong voice for Newfoundland and Labrador on the Council of the Federation, at First Ministers’ Meetings, and in talks with other governments and industry leaders.
Leadership
Serving people better
A Paul Davis PC Government recognizes that easy access to all government services is desired by Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.

We will reform motor vehicle registration services. We will use technology and alternative methods of service delivery to make vehicle registration easier, more readily available, effective and customer-friendly.

We will further enhance one-stop shopping through Service NL, making access to all government services easier for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.


We will make the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador an employer of choice for our brightest and best graduates, recognizing that the largest enterprise in our province is the running of our multi-billion-dollar government.

We will continue to lead in open government initiatives while protecting personal privacy.

We will work towards becoming Canada’s most open and accessible government, continuing the work that resulted in the most progressive access to information laws in Canada under the leadership of Premier Davis.

We will complete the three-part reform to the House of Assembly that we commenced this year with the redistribution of seats to 40. The next phase will involve expanding the role of MHAs and committees, as well as reforming the MHA pension plan.
Health
Healthy Bodies
A Paul Davis PC Government recognizes that delivery of health care services should be undertaken through a process of continuous improvement.

We will establish a Newfoundland and Labrador Heart Institute, a cardiac care centre of excellence. The mandate will be to improve the overall cardiovascular health status of residents in Newfoundland and Labrador. It will partner with key stakeholders to streamline the referral, evaluation and treatment processes, reduce wait-times, decrease the need for cardiac surgery and help train medical professionals and technologists, strengthening our capacity and reputation for excellence in cardiac medicine.

We will address the urgent need for new long-term care and continue the plan to immediately develop 360 new beds in St. John’s, Corner Brook, Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor.

We will continue the program of reforms to primary health care.

We will develop and introduce a multi-year strategy to systematically address diabetes. The plan will be developed by experts in diabetes care from the community and from within government. The plan will lay out priorities related to diabetes, identify and tackle the most pressing problems. And we will commit resources toward those priorities that demonstrate the best value for the investment.

We will continue to provide affordable prescription drugs for thousands of our people and expand offerings where required and possible.

We will take a lead role nationally in advocating for national prescription drug improvements.

We will explore innovative ways to expand dialysis services throughout the province, including home dialysis.

We will improve ambulance services and enhance the role of EMS professionals.

We will enhance physician recruitment and work to ensure that all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have ready access to a family physician.

We will become a world leader in rural health care, capitalizing on our experience and strengths.
Health
Healthy Living
A Paul Davis PC Government understands that the key to a healthy life is a healthy lifestyle.

We will establish a program to directly support 50+ Clubs and the vital services they provide to seniors throughout the province.

We will continue to have a Minister Responsible for Seniors in the provincial cabinet.

We will work with organizations and provincial schools to expand programs that ensure all school-age children have daily access to healthy foods.

We will make food security a provincial priority.

We will collaborate with the NL Federation of Agriculture and farmers to increase the amount of local food available.

We will encourage new entrants to the farming industry.

We will work with farmers to facilitate succession planning to sustain family farming operations.

We will protect and expand farmland and relax Crown lands policies for farm use.

We will remove the restriction on farmers relative to selling timber cleared from their land.

We will partner to grow the "Agriculture in the Classroom" program and the Young Farmers’ Forum.

We will capitalize on opportunities to expand primary production of berries, beef, lamb and pork, and harness that growth to drive value-added processing.

We will promote and invest in local farmers’ markets.

We will continue to support affordable, healthy food for northern and remote communities.

We will promote balanced food choices, and work with mental health professionals to ensure our healthy eating strategy is sensitive to those who suffer from eating disorders and body image issues.

We will demand and support a national Canada Disabilities Act that establishes national standards.
Health
Healthy Minds
A Paul Davis PC Government will make Newfoundland and Labrador a national leader in mental wellness.

We will introduce a multi-year plan for mental wellness that will ensure the province’s approach to mental health, mental illness and addictions is adapting and improving to better meet the needs of the population.

The new plan will follow on investments over the past five years of $60 million in the mental health and addictions system. The new plan will include the immediate enhancement of the integrated network of services to better serve the patients of the Waterford Hospital.

We will expand access to addictions treatment services.

We will expand access to school counsellors and mental health professionals in the K-12 system.

We will collaborate with students and teachers on campaigns to promote understanding of mental health issues and mutual support.

We will develop mental health curriculum for students and training to equip teachers with the skills for early intervention.

We will continue to tailor our Violence Prevention Plan (phase 2) and our Safe and Caring Schools program to reduce bullying and promote sensitivity and tolerance.

We will develop mental health and addictions support and programming for the incarcerated.

We will develop mental health services for residents of long-term care homes.

We will develop mental health services for residents of foster homes.

We will enact legislation containing a presumptive clause with respect to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder for people employed in various frontline emergency services professions.
Opportunity
Creating the Conditions for Success
A Paul Davis PC government recognizes that small business is the engine of economic growth.

We will reduce Newfoundland and Labrador’s small business taxes to make them the lowest in the country.

We will help first-time entrepreneurs access the funding they need to get off the ground.

We will help local enterprises prepare to capitalize on the opportunities for export trade.

We will continue the progressive process to reform public sector procurement.

We will continue to expand access to venture capital through the two funds we have established.


We will continue to expand opportunities for women entrepreneurs through partnerships with NLOWE and other organizations.
Opportunity
The Speed of Business
A Paul Davis PC Government will create a crown corporation, led by experienced professionals from the business world, to manage the entire government business portfolio. It will be a business, run by businesspeople for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. And it will run with “the speed of business”.

We will adjust our approaches to become more nimble and responsive – a bridge between great business ideas and economic prospects and jobs.

We will continue the essential task of reducing government red tape.

We will establish a blue-ribbon panel of technology leaders to advise us on policies and opportunities that will make Newfoundland and Labrador a national leader in innovation.

We will work with industry to encourage the expansion of cellphone coverage.

We will work with Memorial University to enhance the status of the Marine Institute as a world leader in Arctic, cold ocean and fisheries studies.

We will work with the fishing industry to develop markets for cod and other emerging products.

We will continue to drive aquaculture growth.

We will drive growth and innovation in mining, forestry, agrifoods and other industries, both traditional and nontraditional, in rural Newfoundland and Labrador.
Opportunity
Tourism
A Paul Davis PC Government recognizes the importance of tourism to economic development and economic diversification.

We will collaborate with Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador to deliver a new tourism strategy that sets the boldest growth targets this province has ever aspired to achieve.

We will maintain the largest tourism marketing budget in all of Atlantic Canada.

We will continue to invest in arts and culture events and artists
People
Families
A Paul Davis PC Government will make child care more affordable and accessible to parents. We will build on our programs that provide among the highest child care subsidies in the country and review the income threshold for the program.

We will implement full-day Kindergarten in 2016.

We will continue to address the shortage of early childhood educators.

We will streamline the adoptions process and promote the adoption of older children.

We will provide greater support and facilitate adoptions for foster parents.

We will implement the many sweeping commitments of our new Population Growth Strategy.

We will demand higher quotas from the federal government for immigration.

We will further our investments in policing resources to combat child exploitation and abuse.

We will establish a veterans’ advocate.

We will enact legislation containing a presumptive cancer and cardiac clause for firefighters.

We will phase out, over time, the requirement for seniors to utilize their liquid assets when admitted into the government long-term care system.
People
Education
A Paul Davis PC Government will continue its efforts to make Newfoundland and Labrador a national leader in education in terms of curriculum, access, outcomes and support.

We will continue to focus on improved performance in math, science, computing, technology and language arts.

We will identify best practices nationally and globally, and enable teachers to bring those advances to our own classrooms.

We will deliver more guidance and counselling resources to students.

We will collaborate with teachers, professional associations, business groups, labour unions, postsecondary educators and others on the development of modern, accurate career planning curriculum and resources.

We will improve students’ financial literacy.

We will continue with the initiative to replace the “IQ 70” standard by which autism and intellectual disabilities are measured, and give our educators and support personnel access to a new online Autism Spectrum Disorder training program.

We will follow our multi-year schools infrastructure plan (a key component of Budget 2015).

We will continue to invest in state-of-the-art schools, classrooms, laboratories and technological resources; in distance education in rural and remote communities; and in new curriculum, new technologies and skilled trades programming.

We will continue to support the most competitive postsecondary tuition fees and student aid programs in the country.

We will work with our public and private college system in collaboration with the private sector to deliver programs responsive to the needs of industry.

We will improve labour mobility for apprentices as part of our roadmap for apprenticeship renewal.

We will work to keep international students in Newfoundland and Labrador and make it easier for them to achieve permanent resident status.
People
Housing
A Paul Davis PC Government will continue the significant progress made towards addressing the need for affordable housing throughout the province.

We will move forward on our pilot project to provide down-payment assistance for low income purchasers of new homes.

We will continue to advance our nation-leading Poverty Reduction Strategy which has enabled the province to improve from having the highest rate of poverty in the country to now having the lowest.

We will expand our programs that enable family members to provide care for seniors in their own homes.

We will advance new programming in the area of social housing.

We will help seniors make the transition from their own homes to smaller accommodations.

We will implement a Housing First policy to address homelessness.
Economy
Multi-Year Budgets
A Paul Davis PC Government will continue to prudently manage our economy and use rolling, five-year budget plans with benchmarks and measurable targets that are renewable every year.

We will create a five-year roads infrastructure plan, similar to our long-term schools infrastructure plan, and commit to issuing road tender calls no later than March 31 of each year.

We will pilot the use of new road repair technology and practices that ensure safety while enabling fast attention to emerging road maintenance issues.


We will develop progressive partnerships that link the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
Economy
Municipalities
A Paul Davis PC Government will build on the groundbreaking Municipal Fiscal Framework introduced in 2015 to ensure that communities throughout the province can thrive as the province’s economy grows in the years ahead.

We will develop a broader accountability framework to ensure that new funding for municipalities supports investments in priority service areas.

We will develop a provincial municipal asset management framework.

We will advance regional governance and service sharing.

We will continue to improve the delivery of safe, potable drinking water to all communities.

We will follow through on the community sustainability partnership that we have negotiated with municipalities to enhance supports to communities and strengthen the social and economic fabric of our regions.

We will use the Lands Act to create reserves that will assist municipalities in acquiring Crown lands at market value in a phased approach for development.

We will work with Municipalities NL to develop a new progressive tax regime for our communities.
Economy
Energy
A Paul Davis PC Government recognizes that a strong economy depends on affordable and reliable energy supplies.

We recognize that the future growth of Newfoundland and Labrador’s economy is firmly linked to the renewable and non-renewable energy business.

We will continue to use revenues from non-renewable resources for strategic investments to support the growth of the Newfoundland and Labrador knowledge economy.

We will ensure that all energy projects in our jurisdiction are developed in the best interests of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.

We will ensure that Newfoundland and Labrador’s electricity rates are among the lowest in the country.

We will use income from the export sale of Muskrat Falls hydro power to subsidize electricity rates for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.


We will continue the effort that was initiated by Premier Davis when he led Canada’s other Premiers in developing the National Energy Strategy in the summer of 2015. The strategy guarantees fair access for all energy transmission across provincial boundaries.

We will update the province’s comprehensive energy plan, which includes:
- Future development of Gull Island power, wind power and other energy sources,
- Preparation for the Upper Churchill return in 2041,
- Preparation to meet the energy needs of coastal Labrador, and
- Continuation of net metering and other energy innovations.

We will continue the implementation of the generic royalty regime. The regime removes fiscal uncertainty for industry from all future oil and gas developments.

We will set aside for future generations of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians a portion of our offshore oil and gas revenue – The Generations Fund.

We will co-operate with the federal government in establishing responsible greenhouse gas reduction targets and facilitate their implementation through progressive policies.
Costing
A Paul Davis PC Government will manage the provincial treasury responsibly and sustainably.

We will continue to live within our province’s means, implementing our policies as the fiscal circumstances allow.

Through internal reviews, external audits and examinations of best practices, we will achieve greater value for the public money we allocate.

We will demand accountability while respecting and supporting the excellent work of our public employees.

We will continue to work collaboratively with public employees to improve the operations of our government.

Costing the Blueprint

[The first new initiatives will be introduced starting in the 2016-17 budgetary planning cycle. The rollout of all initiatives is anticipated to be undertaken during the term of office of the new government. Fiscal capacity will be a major determinant in spending and project priorities. All spending estimates are annual, except where otherwise indicated.] [EBE = Existing Budgetary Envelope; RGO = Revenue Generating Offset; CN = Cost Neutral]

LEADERSHIP

- Trade presence in Boston: $750K
- Motor Vehicle Registration reform: RGO
- Service NL one-stop shopping enhancements: EBE
- GNL "employer of choice": EBE
- Open government: EBE
- House of Assembly reform: EBE

HEALTH

- Newfoundland and Labrador Heart Institute: $2M
- Long-term care: CN
- Reforms to primary health care: EBE
- Diabetes strategy: $2M
- Rx: EBE
- Expand dialysis services: $1M
- Improve ambulance services/EMS roles: EBE
- Physician recruitment: EBE
- Rural health care leadership: EBE
- 50+ Clubs: $500K
- Minister Responsible for Seniors: EBE
- Expand school food programs: $2M
- Food security: EBE
- Farming initiatives: EBE
- Northern and remote communities food subsidy: EBE
- Multi-year plan for mental wellness (new spending): $12.5M ($50M over 4 years)
- Violence Prev. Plan (phase 2), Safe & Caring Schools: EBE

OPPORTUNITY

- Reduce small businesses taxes: $12M
- First-time entrepreneurs funding: EBE
- Export trade supports: EBE
- Public sector procurement reform: EBE
- Venture capital: EBE
- Women entrepreneurs: EBE
- "Speed of Business" crown corporation: EBE, RGO
- Reduce government red tape: EBE
- Blue-ribbon innovation panel: EBE
- Fishing industry groundfish marketing: EBE (CETA)
- Aquaculture: EBE
- Growth and innovation in mining, forestry, agrifoods: EBE
- 2025 tourism strategy: EBE
- Tourism marketing: EBE
- Arts and culture, artists: EBE

PEOPLE

- Affordable child care: $5M
- Full-day Kindergarten: EBE
- Early childhood educators: EBE
- Adoptions & fostering improvements: EBE
- Population Growth Strategy: EBE
- Immigration: EBE
- Child exploitation: EBE
- Veterans’ advocate: $600K
- Senior liquid assets & LTC: $10M
- Education curriculum, access, outcomes: EBE
- Career planning: EBE
- Students’ financial literacy: EBE
- Multi-year schools infrastructure plan: EBE
- Postsecondary tuition fees and grants: EBE
- Labour mobility for apprentices: EBE
- New home down-payment assistance program: EBE
- Poverty Reduction Strategy: EBE
- Seniors family home care: EBE
- Social housing: EBE
- Seniors transition to smaller accommodations: EBE
- Housing First policy: EBE

ECONOMY

- Five-year budget planning: EBE
- Five-year roads infrastructure plan: EBE
- Road repair technology and practices (pilot): $1M
- Municipal Fiscal Framework: EBE
- Advisory committee regional government: EBE
- Lands Act reforms to assist municipalities: EBE
- Non-renew resource rev innovation investment: EBE
- Export revenue MF subsidize NL electricity rates: RGO
- National Energy Strategy free energy transmission: EBE
- Update NL Energy Plan: EBE
- Generic royalty regime: EBE
- The Generations Fund: CN